A NEW Ollerton man who tracked down his estranged wife’s new address and followed her in his car has been spared jail for harassment.
She had moved to Creswell following the end of her 30-year relationship with husband Gary Love.
Rachael Ward, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates on Wednesday: “She had fled from the marital home after being assaulted and he was cautioned by police for that.
“He discovered her address and attended it while she was out. This made her fear for her safety.”
Love (48) was given a verbal warning by police to leave her alone but he continued sending text messages and leaving voicemail.
He followed her in his car on 12th August and, on 13th September, he went to her mother’s home.
“He knew she would be there because it was her mother’s birthday,” said Ms Ward.
On 3rd October, a neighbour told the woman that a man had been acting suspiciously at her address.
Added Ms Ward: “It was captured on CCTV. All his behaviour has caused harassment, alarm and distress.”
Love, a factory worker, of Birch Road, admitted harassment between 2nd July and 3rd October.
Magistrates had warned at an earlier hearing he could be locked up but they instead imposed 60 hours’ unpaid work.
They turned down a prosecution request for a restraining order after hearing that non-molestation orders had already been imposed against him by a civil court.
In mitigation, Liz Broughton, told the court he pinned his wife down on the bed during a row after she told him she no longer loved him.
He was cautioned by police and she left him - but he thought the marriage could be reconciled.
Said Ms Broughton: “Their lives were inextricably linked and it was a great shock to him to learn the relationship was coming to an end, but he now accepts that and solicitors are dealing with the divorce.
“He has been a broken man. He reacted badly in difficult circumstances and he was showing suicidal tendencies at one point, but he seems to have moved through that dark period of his life.”